We are so lucky to live here with such a vast variety of birdlife to choose from to go and watch without travelling too far. Apologies for not posting sooner but there is quite a lot here to make up for it. Locally the short eared owl has probably been of the most interest though I have to say I was a bit slow in getting to see it. When I did it was well worth it. I've been down to Seaton Hole a few times where a Black Redstart is still present together with 2 grey wagtails and a rock pipit. The fulmars are very active which is nice to see.
Back on Black Hole Marsh (which I have to admit to neglecting rather a lot lately) this snipe was showing well in front of the study centre.
Now this may seem relatively easy but for many years I have had no luck in seeing, let alone photographing, a male goosander. I have seen plenty of females and youngsters but have never had a close view of a male despite several trips attempts to do so in the past. Well, finally I got to see 3 males at Stover just over a week ago and took quite a few photos! A stunning bird.
A last trip on the Exe before the Avocets departed gave spectacular views though I believe there are now very few left.
A golden eye on the Exe
and something completely different - some Devon Cirl Buntings
As I said earlier I was a bit slow in getting to see the short eared owl but thanks to encouragement to get up there from Ian W and in particular Tim Wright (for which I'm truly grateful) it gave wonderful views whilst hunting. There was even a seat to sit on though it did not take to long to appear.
And finally a trip to Darts Farm last week and the penduline tits were showing well when I got there yet again . Have been very lucky with them as they always seem to be there as I arrive and are still there when I leave. No doubt they will be gone soon so here are a few more photos before they depart. They have certainly attracted a lot of people.